A letter and proposed resolution regarding the Fort Lewis Golf Course from Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri.
Next Tuesday, 29 May, 10 AM, at the Pierce County Council Rules Committee and then the same day at 3 PM in the full council, Resolution 2007-62 supporting the Fort Lewis Golf Course will be heard and then voted on. The request by the Nisqually Tribe to receive the 515 acres which include the golf course is in the early political discussion stages. We need to stop this request and no better time than now to make it clear the golf course is not for sale, but for the continued use by the military and their families.
Please write your council member a personal letter (e-mail preferred) with a Courtesy Copy to the rest of the council in support of Resolution 2007-62. Included your address and phone number to be most effective. A copy of the resolution is attached in a Word document and pasted below into the body of this letter. Your council members names and e-mail addresses are as follows:
District # 1 Shawn Bunney – SBunney@co.pierce.wa.us
District # 2 Calvin Goings – firstname.lastname@example.org
District # 3 Roger Bush – RBUSH@co.pierce.wa.us
District # 4 Timothy M. Farrell – email@example.com
District # 5 Barbara Gelman – firstname.lastname@example.org
District # 6 Dick Muri – Dick.Muri@co.pierce.wa.us
District # 7 Terry Lee – TLee1@co.pierce.wa.us
RESOLUTION NO. R2007-62
A Resolution of the Pierce County Council Requesting the United States to Refrain from Disposing of the Fort Lewis Golf Course or Transferring Any Interest Held by the United States in Fort Lewis Properties Encumbered by a Pierce County Reversionary Interest To A Party Other than Pierce County; and Requesting that the Army Continue Operating the Fort Lewis Golf Course as a Military Owned and Operated Recreation Facility for the Indefinite Future.
Whereas, Fort Lewis Golf Course is located in unincorporated Pierce County; and
Whereas, the Pierce County electorate bonded themselves to purchase 70,000 acres which was donated to the federal government for use as a military base; and
Whereas, Camp Lewis was the first United States military installation to be created from land gifted by citizens; and
Whereas, the deed governing the Fort Lewis Golf Course provides a reversionary interest to Pierce County; and
Whereas, the United States and Pierce County are the only entities with an identifiable property interest in the Fort Lewis Golf Course; and
Whereas, the donation of property to Fort Lewis by Pierce County required continued military use, control and ownership of those Fort Lewis properties subject to a Pierce County reversion until such time as the properties would revert to Pierce County; and
Whereas, the Fort Lewis Golf Course was voted a top ten military golf course by Travel and Leisure magazine; and
Whereas, the Fort Lewis Golf Course is one of western Washington’s best courses and a valuable Pierce County resource; and
Whereas, the Fort Lewis Golf Course provides a venue for activities, events and celebrations that bring people together and enhance community-building; and
Whereas, the Fort Lewis Golf Course supports service member renewal by providing a convenient and affordable recreation option for soldiers, their families and veterans; and
Whereas, the Fort Lewis Golf Course reflects the United States Army’s morale, welfare and recreation philosophy that soldiers are entitled to the same quality of life as is afforded civilians in the society they are pledged to defend; and
Whereas, profits from the Fort Lewis Golf Course support a wide range of morale, welfare and recreation services provided to soldiers, their families and veterans; and
Whereas, the health and welfare of soldiers, their families and veterans at Pierce County’s military bases is of enormous benefit to the people of Pierce County by keeping Pierce County an attractive place to work and live; and
Whereas, scheduled increases in numbers of soldiers stationed at Fort Lewis will make the availability of affordable and convenient golf and other recreational services more important than ever; and
Whereas, soldiers and their families face stress resulting from overseas deployments and, as a consequence, have a great need for morale, welfare and recreation programs; Now Therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of Pierce County:
Section 1. The Pierce County Council requests the United States to refrain from disposing of the Fort Lewis Golf Course or transferring any interest held by the United States in Fort Lewis properties encumbered by a Pierce County reversionary interest to a party other than Pierce County.
Section 2. The Pierce County Council requests that the Army continue operating the Fort Lewis Golf Course as a military owned and operated recreation facility for the indefinite future.